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The Forum

This Forum will incorporate the 71st Annual Scientific meeting of the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (NZOHNS), 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Rhinologic Society (ANZRS) and the 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian New Zealand Society of Paediatric Otolaryngology (ANZSPO).

The organising committee have assembled one of the best International faculties of expert Paediatric and Rhinologic practitioners for this Forum.

A stimulating scientific program with relevance to all practicing Otolaryngologists is planned. This Forum will provide an opportunity to hear from leading International authorities in both Rhinology and Paediatric ORL.

The program will feature keynote lectures and the latest in innovative techniques as well as free papers. Following the tremendous success of the previous Forums, we have continued with a program that includes case based panel discussions and the opportunity to meet leading experts in the field.

As well as clinical aspects, basic science research will be presented and we look forward to keeping abreast of the developments in the area.

Forum Convenors

Shyan Vijayasekaran

Shyan Vijayasekaran

Forum Convenor

Murali Mahadevan

Murali Mahadevan

Forum Manager

Zahoor Ahmad

Zahoor Ahmad

President - New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Sugery

It gives me a great pleasure to invite you to attend the 5th South Pacific ORL Forum to be held from 15th to 18th August 2021 in Denarau Convention Centre FIJI. NZSOHNS would be celebrating its 74th Annual Society meeting along with ASM of Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Otolaryngology (ANZSPO) and Australian and New Zealand Society of Rhinology Society (ANZRS). The 2017 combined meeting of these three societies in Hawaii was a great success and all the delegates enjoyed it.

Academic committee and organising committee are working hard to make the 5th South Pacific Forum very attractive to our delegates. There will be a highest level of scientific program, Key-note speakers and good Social activities for delegates and their partners. Danarau Fiji is a wonderful place to spend some time for both scientific and social activities and I am sure there would be a lot that both delegates and their partners would enjoy.

Please put these dates in your diary and make all the efforts to join us in Fiji for this exciting combined meeting. On behalf of my society (NZSOHNS) I invite you all and look forward to seeing you in Fiji in August 2021.

Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas

President - Australia and New Zealand Rhinologic Society

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to join us for what promises to be one of the major ORL events in 2021, the South Pacific ENT Forum.

The ANZRS has always been supportive of this meeting and this will be the forth it has co-hosted. The strong academic content, inter-society camaraderie and great
interaction with the medical device and pharmaceutical industry have made these meetings particularly memorable.

We have already received a lot of interest from the USA, Japan and other Pacific Rim countries and this promises to be the biggest and best South Pacific Forum to date.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

President - Australian New Zealand Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology

Caring for conditions affecting the ear, nose, throat in children is an important part of the specialty of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. As such, the ANZSPO component of 5th South Pacific ORL forum aims both to update our colleagues in developments and advances in paediatric ENT, and also to discuss the management of complex disease of the ear, nose, throat and head & neck in children with medical syndromes requiring specialised care.

The ANZSPO programme, co-convened by Dr Marlene Soma and Dr Hannah Burns, aims to do this via keynote presentations, free papers, and panel discussions. These will be directed towards conditions we commonly meet in practice, as well as more contentious conditions we meet less-often. The 5th South Pac is also an opportunity to meet with colleagues, both nationally and internationally. We warmly invite you to come!

Academic Committee

Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas

Rhinology

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Robert Allison

Robert Allison

Head and Neck

Subhash Shetty

Subhash Shetty

Head and Neck

David Vokes

David Vokes

Laryngology

Melanie Collins

Melanie Collins

Otology

Michel Neeff

Michel Neeff

Otology

FRACS, Neurotologist/Skull Base Surgeon, Hearing Implant Surgeon, Auckland.

Michel graduated from The University of Auckland and completed his training in Otolaryngology, HNS with The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

He completed a fellowship in Manchester, UK in 2006 (skull base procedures including acoustic neuroma surgery, auditory implant surgery, oncological surgery involving the posterolateral skull base, as well as complex otological surgery).

Since 2007 he has worked as a consultant at Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland City Hospital and Green Lane Hospital. He is the Clinical Director at Starship Children's Hospital.

He is a Senior Lecturer at the Auckland Medical School, and Chairperson and Implant Surgeon for the Northern Cochlear Implant Programme (NCIP).

Hannah Burns

Dr Hannah Burns

Paediatrics

Paediatric Otolaryngologist Queensland Childrens Hospital, Brisbane, Senior Lecturer University of Queensland.

Dr Burns undertook advanced otolaryngology training in Queensland, gained her fellowship in 2008 and spent 18 months at Evelina Children's Hospital, London sub-specialising in paediatric ENT.

She is a visiting medical officer at Queensland Children's Hospital, a senior lecturer with the University of Queensland and a partner in a busy private practice. She has a particular interest in airway disorders, both adult and paediatric.

She is the supervisor of training for Otolaryngology at QCH and runs an annual paediatric airway course in Brisbane. Collaborating with other departments and specialist groups, she has presented papers, locally, nationally and internationally exploring all facets of paediatric otolaryngology. She is a strong supporter of diversity in surgery and an active member of Women in Otolaryngology.

Marlene Soma

Marlene Soma

Paediatrics

Zahoor Ahmad

Zahoor Ahmad

General ENT

MBBS; MS; FRACS

Zahoor Ahmad is a Senior Consultant Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon, Counties-Manukau Health, Middlemore Hospital and associate professor in Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand.

He is president of the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. He is fellow of Royal Australasian College of surgeons, member of American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty member of International Salivary Gland and Sialendoscopy Society and a life member of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India.

Dr Ahmad has clinical interests in Head and Neck, Salivary, Thyroid, Nasal, and Sinus diseases.

He has been an invited Key-Note speaker in many international meetings and has lectured in a number of scientific meetings. He participates and instructs in international workshops focusing on salivary and sinus diseases. He has about 75 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and written many chapters in books. He is the chief editor of 3-volume text book “Symptom Oriented Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is actively involved in teaching and examining undergraduate and postgraduate medical students, supervising PhD scholars at international level. He instructs Sialendoscopy courses in Geneva (Switzerland) and in New Zealand and is a very well-known international sialendoscopist.

Dr Ahmad was born in Kashmir, India and after graduation and post-graduation has travelled widely before falling in love with New Zealand and made it his home.

He is supported by his wife, two sons, and three grand-daughters. He has passion for golf and enjoys playing the game. He enjoys listening to classical music. He loves to watch rugby and cricket.

Sumit Samant

Sumit Samant

Sleep Medicine

Sumit is an upper airway surgeon specialising in surgery for nose, sinuses, snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea.

He is a consultant at Auckland City Hospital, a member of the Regional Head and Neck Cancer MDT and is on the Royal Australasian College Training, Education and Accreditation Committee, which coordinates surgical training of Otolaryngologists in New Zealand. He is also a member of the International Surgical Sleep Society.

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